A Pointless Debate and a Reading List
I spent about an hour yesterday working on a blog post where I was going to use Scriptures to support why it was okay for me to get a tattoo. After all, I was not doing it on behalf of the dead or as part of a pagan religious ritual (Leviticus 19:28). Plus there are other biblical laws I break without earning peoples’ scorn such as wearing clothing made from mixed fibers (Leviticus 19:19) and eating meat that does not have all the blood drained out of it (Leviticus 19:26). Then there is James 2:10 that states if you break one law, you’re guilty of breaking them all. But after a brief conversation with my husband, I realized the main people I am trying to convince of the “okayness” of my tattoo probably don’t even know I have a blog, much less are they even online to read it if they did know. Besides which, I knew they disagreed with my decision to get inked from the get-go. It’s still hard, though, to hear in a roundabout way that they think you’re thumbing your nose at God’s Word and possibly/maybe nullifying or decreasing in some way your salvation.
To borrow a phrase from a friend: Le sigh.
Now, onto something else:
This past Friday, Julie Shreve posted a list of 10 books she wants to read over the summer on her blog The Esau Project. It got me to thinking about the various books I have that are waiting to be read. Without further ado, here are 10 books on my “Read Soon” list (I can’t promise I’ll get them all read over the summer – I’m a bit of a pokey reader):
- Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We’ve Made Up by Francis Chan & Preston Sprinkle
- You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . And Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman
- The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012 edited by Laura Furman
- The Truth About Style by Stacy London
- Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
- Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
- Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost by Matthew Paul Turner
- Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss10.
- The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
It’s a varied selection, to be sure, but I’m looking forward to diving into it. And it has the added bonus of taking my mind off of pointless debates in the process. ;-)